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Since I managed to step on my old one, I need a new headset and I thought I'd just check and see what other people are using and how much they like it?
 

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J&M Elites

Hi Toads,
I purchased the J&M Elites. Fit great and sound great. There are others on the market EdSets, and bluetooth types. But felt comfortable w/ these. IMHO.
 

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Headsets

Been using the J&M headsets for a couple years now. Really like them. They are very durable and the sound is clear. I don't use a mic mute, as I have the level set were I don't get a lot of wind noice, etc., so can't give you a recommendation there.

I would buy J&Ms again.

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communications education please...

Hey,

i am very new to the whole headset thing. i was wondering, after reading about the J and M sets what i really need. i might be asking for the whole world here but let me post my question...i would like to be able to communicate with other riders, talk on my phone if need be etc...

is there one system that handles all of this and what components are needed to fit what i am looking for?

thanks!

jeff
 

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...Are the differences in communication quality, in headphone audio quality, or all of the above?

I already have a pair of Cardo Scala headsets I got for my wife and I on other motorcycles, so I'm also thinking about just getting the 5 pin to 3.5mm adapter I've seen at one site so I can plug that in to listen to the nav system or radio, but I can still use the bluetooth to talk to my wife.

Ideally I would love to just get the Goldwing to broadcast bluetooth, but the cheapest device I see for that is $300.
I would venture that few of us have the experience to give you a comparison of sound quality between the models, and if we could, it would be a different experience for you if you did the comparison.

I believe your idea for adapting your current headsets is a great plan; not expensive to modify your current equipment, which is a plus.

I am not convinced that the BlueTooth headsets are the way to go either. It is a very expensive option just to add your phone, if that's what you want.

I would recommend upgrading or adding a GPS device that handles your phone, an MP3, as well as your cell phone (such as the Zumo550 or Zumo660) and integrate it into the Wing. Or, get a switching device from Kennedy or J&M to integrate your phone into your Wing's audio system. Sure, you'll spend about the same amount of money as the BlueTooth headsets alone, but you'll get three accessories instead of one.

Of coure, going the GPS or switch route you wouldn't have wireless headsets, but why do you need those when you're on the bike? It's not like you can walk back to the trunk or trailer while you're motioring down the road. I guess there is a "cool factor" to consider regarding wireless headsets, but frankly, I don't mind the wire; it's invisible to me when I'm riding.

JMTCW
 

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Tralfaz:

Didn't realize you could use the BlueTooth sets for B2B comm; I guess that would be an advantage over the CB, for sure. The wire or wireless seems to be a preference thing.

I have a CB, and it doen't get much use unless I'm on a group ride, and then a lot of that chatter can get on your nerves if you're not in the right mood. I feel I spent a lot of cash for an antique technology that most of the time could be replaced by hand signals. :(

Thanks for the perspective.
 

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Tralfaz:

Didn't realize you could use the BlueTooth sets for B2B comm; I guess that would be an advantage over the CB, for sure. The wire or wireless seems to be a preference thing.

I have a CB, and it doen't get much use unless I'm on a group ride, and then a lot of that chatter can get on your nerves if you're not in the right mood. I feel I spent a lot of cash for an antique technology that most of the time could be replaced by hand signals. :(

Thanks for the perspective.
I too believe at roughly a grand for cb, antenna, and install something better should come out of it. Nice on GWRRA group rides but thats about it. If I had to do it all over I would "waste" money on somthing else...............like more "safety CHROME"
 

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I bought a set of Performance Headsets from J & M and they work fine. I'm not looking for concert hall sound quality when riding, just clear sound.
I also made my own adapter to connect another set of headphones that I have without a mike to the 5 pin on the GW. Actually it was quite simple. I got a 5 pin audio cord from Radio Shack and cut it in half and following Steve Saunders wiring diagram on his website spliced a normal MP3 headphone socket to it and plug the headphone jack into that. Works well and does not have the mike attached.
 

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Hey,

i am very new to the whole headset thing. i was wondering, after reading about the J and M sets what i really need. i might be asking for the whole world here but let me post my question...i would like to be able to communicate with other riders, talk on my phone if need be etc...

is there one system that handles all of this and what components are needed to fit what i am looking for?

thanks!
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Hey Jeff, My Son and I just ordered two Chatterbox GMRS X1 Bluetooth Communicators. These seem very versatile allowing
two Bluetooth devices to be paired with them,Cell or MP3,or Sirius.
The range is advertised to be 5 miles (we'll see).These will work rider to passenger as well.A bit pricey but we did'nt want to be limited and outgrow them later. I also ordered Honda Goldwing 5 pin
boom microphone headsets which plug directly into the factory plug
of my GW. These are for times riding solo with a passenger.

The first link is the simple Boom microphone headset.
The second link is the bike to bike Chatterbox communicators

http://imcmoto.com/products/honda-g...t-headset-w-boom-microphone-for-goldwing.html

http://store.valueaccessories.net/g...dynamicnoisereductionheadsetfreeshipping.aspx
 

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I mounted my Chatterbox on the left side on the fairing within reach,used extensions to
the headsets and mounted the PTT switch on the left handlebar grip. I did'nt want the extra weight on my helmet and I prefer the PTT switch which comes with the unit rather than the VOX,PTT is simple, on or off. This setup works well for me. I don't care for old technology like CB's,not versatile enough for todays cellphones,satellite radio,GPS and so forth.I added a 12V charge line which is plugged into the cigarette lighter this plugs directly into the bottom of the Chatterbox and keeps the battery charged all the time.

-Robert-
 
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